We are happy to know that teen girls of today are sensible and smart. They don’t look at the magazines and weave dreams of fantasy, wishing they were exactly like the models featuring on the magazine.
Earlier, there was a protest set by Julia Bluhm against Seventeen Magazine claiming that all the images they used were photoshopped and this practice should be stopped. Amazingly, Seventeen Magazine did apologize and then pledged that henceforth they will present the real picture.
Following the footsteps left behind by Julia Bluhm, two bloggers for SPARK summit named Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar, have made a protest against Teen Vogue Magazine for putting photoshopped, altered and digitally perfected images of girls on their magazine.
These protests are a great call to reality.
Every image on every magazine these days is photoshopped and digitally perfect. Crooked nose is fixed, legs are made slimmer, waists are cut slim, lips are made bigger and eyes are popped out.
Any young girl looking at these magazine does not get inspired. Instead they get demoralized and forced into thinking that they are below the average. They get forced into think about everything that they are not.
Magazines are supposed to help teen girls solve their problems, raise their confidence and let them know about the ins and outs of fashion but such images of fake perfections make the girls feel inferior. As said by one of the protesters,
“I remember looking through these magazines and thinking, `Oh I wish I had her legs. I wish I had her waist.’ It was, like, this is what beautiful is and this is what I look like.”
We definitely should be having real and natural girls who are healthy, whose skin has not been photoshopped to remove every atom size mark or spot on the face so that we can relate to the magazine instead of sighing out loud.